Wu Jia-qing (simplified Chinese: 吴珈庆; traditional Chinese: 吳珈慶; pinyin: Wú Jiāqìng; born February 9, 1989 in Taiwan) is a professional pool player. He is nicknamed the Taishan Shentong ("Little Genius from Taishan"). Previously known as Wu Chia-ching, the spelling of his name was changed upon moving to mainland China.
Raised by his grandmother from the age of 2, Wu began playing eight-ball the age of 10 at his family-run pool hall. When he became serious about pool, his grandmother would shuttle him from one competition venue to another on her scooter.
In 2005, after only six years of playing, Wu became the youngest player (at 16 years, 5 months old) ever to win the WPA World Nine-ball Championship. The next year, he was the top seed of the event, but lost in the quarter-final round to eventual winner Ronato Alcano of the Philippines.
He placed second to Darren Appleton in the inaugural WPA World Ten-ball Championship in 2008, claiming the runner-up prize of US$40,000 In the semi-finals of the event, Wu had defeated Demosthenes Pulpul of the Philippines, 11–8, using a borrowed cue stick.
In 2011 Wu applied for and obtained citizenship of the People's Republic of China. Ostensibly, Wu did this, to allow himself to compete in more international events. Wu stated the decision was made for sporting reasons and should not be regarded in a political light. As of April, 2011, Wu has not given up his Republic of China nationality. Republic of China Deputy Minister of the Interior Lin Tzu-ling stated that "An ROC national who wants to give up his or her citizenship must go through certain procedures. So far, I do not think we have received any application from him (Wu) to do so". The Minister noted that “As long as he is still an ROC national, he will be drafted into the military if he comes back to Taiwan.” The Republic of China's Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area stipulates that both the “Taiwan Area” and the “Mainland Area” are parts of the ROC, and the “Mainland Area” is legally defined as “ROC territory outside of the Taiwan Area.” In addition, the law does not recognize PRC citizenship and defines PRC citizens as “people of the Mainland Area” who “have household registration in the Mainland Area.” Article 9-1 of the same law prohibits “the people of the Taiwan Area” from obtaining household registration in “the Mainland Area,” those who break the law are banned from voting and serving in office, while their household registration in “the Taiwan Area” is annulled.
- 2002 Taiwan National Youth, Champion
- 2002 Taiwan National Pro Tour, third place
- 2004 WPA Juniors World Nine-Ball Championship, 2nd place
- 2005 WPA World Nine-ball Championship
- 2005 WPA World Eight-ball Championship
- 2005 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Singapore Leg, runner-Up
- 2006 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, 4th place
- 2006 World Pool Masters Tournament, semi-finalist
- 2006 World Nine-ball Championship, quarter-finalist
- 2007 All Japan Championship, Champion
- 2008 World Ten-Ball Championship, 2nd place
- Joey Villar (May 11, 2011). "Alcano fans quest for 3rd jewel". The Phlippine Star. p. 22.
- Wu's grandmother interview
- dailytimes.com.pk, "Britain's Appleton Wins World 10-Ball Championship"
- sports.inquirer.net, "Pulpul's Magical Run Ends"
- abs-cbnnews.com, "Pulpul Fails to Reach World 10-Ball Finals"
- insidepoolmag.com, "Dynamite Blasts World 10-Ball Championship"
- Pool player switches to PRC citizenship/22/2003501381, Taipei Times, 2011-05-22
- China Post, 26 April 2011 http://www.china-defense-mashup.com/wu-still-obliged-to-serve-in-taiwan-military.html
- AZBilliards.com profile
- Worldpoolchampionship.com profile
- Guinness9balltour.com profile
- Wu article on the Taiwan Journal
|WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
|WPA Men's World Eight-ball Champion